General Electric Company Model K7851 Desk Phone

This is the final version of a desk phone that started in approximately 1910 as a Sterling phone. GEC bought many of its phones from Sterling and gave them GEC model numbers. When the Sterling factory closed, GEC bought up most of the telephone manufacturing equipment and continued production of some of the Sterling models.

GEC eventually modernised the phone with a bakelite handset., but they still kept the early cradle and wooden case, so the phone is an odd mixture of new and old. The handset is in the mottled "walnut" bakelite that GEC seemed to do so well.

There is a brief rundown on the development of the phone in the Sterling section of this website.



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